It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I haven’t felt like sitting up at the computer all week, so this morning is my first time back since Monday Night. I received several emails from folks that my wife relayed to me, wishing me well, and that has been a great comfort to me, and I appreciate how a little website like this can make connections between people like us that are memorable and important in our lives. Don’t underestimate the importance of a short note of encouragement to someone, it has helped me.
Tuesday afternoon after the surgery, my wife called the hospital to see how I was doing. I was planning on telling her to log into lumberjocks for me and post a short note that I survived and was recovering, but before I could tell her that, she said that Karson had phoned and inquired about how I was doing, and he said that he would post something to say I was doing ok. What a warm feeling that gave me, and I appreciate Karson, and the rest, for caring and showing concern. I think my wife was pretty surprised to see the concern.
so here’s another one:
“If you get a phone call by another woodworker you have never shaken hands with, inquiring about your health after surgery…..you, joyfully, might be a lumberjock.”
Realizing that I needed to go to the hospital for the first time since I was born, more than 43 years ago, played with my mind some. Also, being self employed and understanding that when I’m not working, there is no money coming in, compounded my mental flurries. Then the third “whammy” is the cost of medical help. We have health insurance, but since all of us have been so healthy, we took a high deductible to get our monthly payments down. The $5,000 deductible seemed fine until I realized how much that is to pay, and how expensive minor surgery can be these days. Then, a lady from church assured me that gall bladder issues could be fixed by drinking a home concoction based in apple juice and that I should cancel my surgery until I tried it. I heard about this antidote two days before the surgery. Throw all that together, add some drama, and it was an interesting couple of weeks.
I elected to go through the surgery, so Tuesday morning early I headed into the surgical hospital. Gall bladder issues are fairly common in our culture, and I don’t know why, but there has to be some reason. Two of the nurses that cared for me admitted to having their gall bladders removed by the same surgeon, and that it would all go well. It was comforting, and they were able to tell me what to expect.
The great news for me was to hear late Tuesday night that my gall bladder had a “sludge” in it with some granular material that was working itself into stones, but there were no polyps, and nothing to worry about with any risk of cancer. That was the best news I had gotten for a long while, and then I was able to rest and work on getting better.
Recovery has been just as expected, some pain, but no infection, or problems. I am to be off work until next Wednesday, and so I get a “vacation” whether I wanted one or not.
Thanks again to all of you for your concern,
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com